Music for your weekend

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Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you have worked too hard not to enjoy your free time so here are some ideas on how to spend it.

Our Best Picks

Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw at Gillette Stadium on Friday & Saturday: For country fans, Foxboro is the only place to be as two of the genre’s biggest names join forces for the “Brothers of the Sun tour”. Giving the show a New England feel will be Vermont’s Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, while Jake Owen rounds out the bill. Tickets range in price from $44.50 to $99.50

Newport Celtic Rock Festival at the Newport Sunset Music Series (RI) on Saturday: Gaelic Storm headlines this day-long festival in downtown Newport. Eileen Ivers, Screaming Orphans, Tartan Terrors and The Town Pants also scheduled to perform. Along with all the music, the festival will offer a a variety of other actives including step dancers, pipe & drum band performances, shopping, a children’s area and of course, plenty of food and drinks options. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 on the day of and attendees will be allowed re-entry throughout the day.

Adam Ezra Group at Salisbury Beach on Saturday: The New England favorites celebrate their 3rd Annual “Ramble” concert at Salisbury Beach. The event will feature two stages of music with Jamie Kent, Sarah Blacker, Jeff Conley Band, Nemes, Jenee Halstead and Addison Chase will also perform. Besides all the music, there will be plenty of actives, food and even fireworks. The show is free but the band will be accepting donations to renovate a park in Lynn.

Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind at the Comcast Center on Sunday: The Uproar Festival rolls into town with a pair of hometown favorites in Godsmack and Staind, who will join headliners Shinedown on the main stage. Tickets for the day-long festival range in price from $29.25 to $79.25.

Our Music Picks


Brian Jonestown Massacre at Royale: The San Francisco-based rockers continue to tour in support of their new album, Aufheben. Magic Castles will open the show. Tickets are $23.

Charlie Mars at Club Passim: The Mississippi-based troubadour hits Massachusetts to promote his new album, Blackberry Light. Tickets are $20.

Farren-Butcher, Inc., Farrenheit at the Blue Ocean Music Hall: Local favorite Charlie Farren does double duty, performing sets with his new bandmate Jon Butcher in Farren-Butcher, Inc., then with his old bandmates in Farrenheit. Tickets for the show on Salisbury Beach are $27.50

Silverstein at The Palladium: The Canadian rockers are touring in support of their brand new album, Short Songs, which clocks in at under 20 minutes. Fans can expect a longer show in Worcester with openers Such Gold, Day Trader and State Champs. Tickets are $15.

The Go-Go’s at the Twin River Event Center (RI): The new wave ladies are back on the road and will make their way to Rhode Island. Tickets range in price from $35 to $75.

The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen at the Mohegan Sun Arena (CT): The boy band favorites from across the pond hit Connecticut with help from “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Tickets are $30.

Duran Duran at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino (CT): The British new wave band return stateside for their lone show New England. Tickets for the Connecticut show range in price from $55 to $75.


Kelly Clarkson, The Fray at the Comcast Center: Two pop-rock favorites team up for a co-headlining performance in Mansfield with help from openers Carolina Liar. Tickets range in price from $52.50 to $72.50.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Lowell Summer Music Series: The New Jersey legend returns to New England and is promising a great time. Read our interview with him and then pick up tickets for $28 in advance or $35 on the day of. Dirigo will open the show.

La Coka Nostra at the Middle East Downstairs: The Boston/New York hip-hop supergroup is back with their sophomore release, Masters of the Dark Arts. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 on the day of. Also on the bill are Outland Camp, Powda, The Expendables, 100 Proof and Emaye.

Ducky Boys on the Rock On! Concert Cruises: The local punk veteran returned earlier this year with their first new album in six years, Chasing the Ghost. Hear the new stuff and old favorites on the high seas for $25 in advance or $30 on the day of. Cradle to the Grave and Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One will also perform.

Andre Obin at the Brighton Music Hall: The local electronica favorite throws a party in Allston Rock City. Join him, Aoxblue, Glassteeth for $10.

Leon Redbone at the Bull Run Restaurant: Hear “Diddy Wah Diddy” and other classics in Shirely for $34.

Stone Temple Pilots at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino (CT): This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the grunge rockers’ debut album, Core. So you can count on hearing “Creep”, “Plush”, “Wicked Garden” and more. Tickets range in price from $45 to $65.


Chiodos at Royale: With now new album to promote, expect to hear plenty of old favorites from the post-hardcore veterans. A Loss For Words, Before Their Eyes and Set it Off round out the bill. Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $20 on the day of.

Kellie Pickler at Indian Ranch: The former American Idol favorite and country favorite hits Massachusetts in support of 100 Proof. Tickets for the afternoon show range in price from $25 to $42.50.

Lori McKenna on the Rock & Blues Concert Cruises: This Stoughton mother has been a star on the local folk and country circuit for years. Enjoy an afternoon cruise of the harbor with her and rising star Liz Longley. Tickets are $27.50 in advance and $33 on the day of.

Martina McBride at the South Shore Music Circus: One of the best shows in Cohasset last summer, we’re expecting the same when the country veteran returns to the Music Circus. Tickets are available for $71.75 and $90.75. She’ll also perform at the Melody Tent in Hyannis on Sunday.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the Cape Cod Melody Tent: Who needs “Jersey Boys” when you can see the real thing? That is, if you have tickets since this show is sold out.

Al Green at the Zeiterion Theatre: The Reverend brings his signature brand of gospel and soul to Massachusetts for a performance in New Bedford. See why he’s a legend for $75 to $150.

American Idol Live! at the Dunkin Donuts Center (RI): Miss the show in Worcester last week? Here is another chance to the top ten from season 11, including champion Phillip Phillips, perform live. Tickets range in price from $30.50 to $66.

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